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Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is asking residents to keep safety in mind after the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) announced further strike dates for over the May bank holiday weekend.
The FBU has confirmed that its members will be striking from:
Friday 2 May, between noon and 5pm
Saturday 3 May, between 2pm and 2am
Sunday 4 May, between 10am and 3pm.
There will also be a ban on voluntary overtime across England and Wales from 3pm on Sunday 4 May until noon on Friday 9 May.
KFRS is putting plans in place to be prepared to respond with a contingency level of fire and rescue services during these periods but is once again asking people to do what they can to help reduce the risk of fire in their home by following our #takeextra care safety advice:
· Make sure you have working smoke alarms on every floor of your home and test them regularly.
· Unplug any unused electrical items before you go out and don’t overload electric sockets, this is a major cause of fires.
· Avoid leaving electrical items running, such as the washing machine or tumble dryer, while you’re away from home. Don’t set your oven to come on via a timer when you are out.
· Keep looking while you’re cooking and don’t leave any cooking unattended, especially if you’ve been drinking alcohol or are on medication.
· If you’re planning a late night snack after an evening out, maybe this is the night to get a takeaway or have a cold snack as so many kitchen fires are alcohol related.
· Take care if you’re having a barbecue, never use petrol and never leave it unattended.
· Avoid using candles and certainly don’t leave them burning if you are not in the room.
And for anyone out and about:
· Drive carefully and wear a seatbelt – speed limits aren’t targets. Please take extra time for your journey as traffic may increase over the bank holiday weekend.
· Avoid having bonfires as these can easily burn out of control and cause damage to sheds, fences etc.
· If you are out walking, stick to safe areas and avoid water and deep mud where you may get into difficulties.
KFRS Director of Operations, Sean Bone-Knell said: "We would like to remind the public that this is a national dispute between the FBU and the Government and is not a dispute between KFRS and our firefighters.
“As with previous strikes, we will be putting contingency plans in place to answer 999 calls and respond to incidents across the county and will be providing the best service possible with the resources available but would like to thank the public for heeding safety warnings and taking extra care to prevent fires happening.”